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Former Advanced Leadership Coordinator Anthony V. Stevens attended North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University where he studied International Affairs, and graduated from the University of North Carolina--Charlotte where he majored in Africana studies. At YP4, Anthony coordinates Fellows long-term relationship with the organization by engaging them in the advanced leadership development programs. A native Washingtonian with over five years of experience in leadership development and political campaigning, Anthony most recently worked as a scheduler for a nationwide bus tour, 1911 United, aimed at combating youth gun violence. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Regional GOTV Director for a congressional campaign in South Carolina. In 2012, he served as a Field Organizer for Obama For America-NC where he and his volunteer teams increased voter turnout by nearly 10% in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Right after the campaign, he served as a Volunteer Captain for the Presidential Inaugural Committee. He is also an alumnus of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundations’ Emerging Leaders program.
Andrea Sosa is the Policy and Civic Engagement Manager at Young People For, where she manages the organization’s policy and civic engagement initiatives and programs. She is originally from Tampico, Mexico, but has also lived part of her life in Dallas, Texas and Baltimore, Maryland. Andrea is a public policy wonk with a variety of experience in student networks and organizing, and social justice advocacy. In previous work experiences, she has worked with the Roosevelt Network, the nation’s largest student think tank, in a variety of capacities including organizing and curriculum development, and in various issue areas including economic development and prison reform. In these efforts, she coordinated a national network of students working towards pushing their universities to invest in their local communities’ economic development. She has also worked with the AFL-CIO, contributing to their trade and globalization policy and advocacy efforts in Washington, DC. She has authored work published in The Baltimore Sun, the Roosevelt Network’s Equal Justice policy journal, the AFL-CIO Blog, and The Huffington Post. Andrea received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and French, with a concentration in Peace Studies from Goucher College.
Saryn Francis is Young People For’s Communications Coordinator, where she handles all digital and communications content. Saryn earned her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University in 2015. She was born in Plano, Texas, and raised in the United States Virgin Islands on the island of St. Thomas. While at Howard, Saryn served as a News Director and Production Director for Howard University’s student run radio station, WHBC 96.3 HD3. She also was a host/producer on Sirius XM Channel 141 HUR Voices on a show called Internal Affairs. There, she produced and shows featuring topics that affected college students and interviewed professionals for current event discussions. Saryn also has interned for ABC and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. After college, she interned with her Delegate to Congress, the Honorable Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands where she served as a Press Secretary Intern. Most recently she worked as an Associate Journalist at WNEW 99.1 FM where she conducted and edited off-air interviews, assisted producers in writing and researching stories.